What exactly is moissanite? Is it a laboratory-grown diamond substitute? Not at all.
Moissanite is the name given to a naturally occurring and laboratory-grown mineral made up of silicon carbide. Its occurrence in nature is extremely rare and has only been found in upper mantle rock and meteorites. Discoveries have shown moissanite occurs naturally as inclusions in diamonds, xenoliths, kimberlite, and lamproite.
Discovered over 120 years ago, moissanite gems have come so far from being just silicon carbide. Today—because of its rarity—moissanite is lab grown with minimal environmental impact. Because of its durability, moissanite can be found in a variety of cuts, which give jewelry designers a plethora of options for moissanite engagement rings and other jewelry settings.
When browsing the market for moissanite, keep in mind brilliance and variety. These two factors are what sets the gemstone apart from diamonds and other similar jewelry gems. No matter what shape catches your eye, there’s nothing like seeing this stunning gem in person.
Interested in moissanite jewelry for your next statement piece? Find an AGS jeweler near you to get started.